author={P. Healy and M. Blainey},
  journal={Ancient Mesoamerica},
  pages={229 - 244}
Abstract This paper examines the composite lithic artifacts of the ancient Maya commonly termed “mirrors.” Typically flat, shiny objects with polished iron-ore polygons fitted in a mosaic pattern onto a slate backing, we assess these plaques for the technological, spatiotemporal, and functional contexts of their manufacture. Data from over 500 archaeological specimens, from dozens of Maya sites in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras, were examined as part of this study. We also consider the… Expand
Reflection as transformation: mirror-image structure on Maya monumental texts as a visual metaphor for ritual participation
In spite of their aberrant orientation, ancient Maya monumental hieroglyphic inscriptions that were carved in mirror-image have been relatively understudied by scholars with respect to theExpand
The afterlife of earthen-core buildings: A taphonomic study of threatened and effaced architecture in Central Belize
Buried architecture poses an interpretive challenge to field archaeologists the world over. The depositional sequence of the site must be reconstructed through excavation and stratigraphic analysis,Expand
Reassessing Shamanism and Animism in the Art and Archaeology of Ancient Mesoamerica
Shamanism and animism have proven to be useful cross-cultural analytical tools for anthropology, particularly in religious studies. However, both concepts root in reductionist, social evolutionaryExpand
The Social Use and Value of Blue-Green Stone Mosaics at Sites within Canal System 2, Phoenix Basin, Hohokam Regional System
The occurrence of nonlocal objects, raw materials, and ideas in the southwestern United States (U.S. SW) has long been recognized as evidence of interaction between prehispanic peoples of this regionExpand
When Trash Becomes Treasure: A Postclassic Maya Obsidian Core Cache From Nojpeten
This paper examines an obsidian cache offering excavated near the corner of a Postclassic Maya platform structure in Nojpeten, on the island of Flores, Guatemala. The cache consists of approximatelyExpand
Identifying integrative built environments in the archaeological record: An application of New Urban Design Theory to ancient urban spaces
Ancient Maya settlement patterns have long been described as dispersed. Instances of low-density or dispersed urbanism among agrarian-based societies are common in tropical civilizations, and are ofExpand
Knowledge of magnetism in ancient Mesoamerica: Precision measurements of the potbelly sculptures from Monte Alto, Guatemala
Archeological finds from Mesoamerica and elsewhere in the New World have yielded intriguing yet inconclusive evidence for an early appreciation of magnetism among Native American peoples. Here we useExpand
Combining analytical chemistry and traceology: An innovative approach applied to Mesoamerican mirrors found at the Sojo site (Costa Rica)
Abstract An innovative approach based on the combination of spectroscopy and traceology was used in order to analyse iron ore mirrors excavated at the Sojo site (Chibcha area, present-day Costa Rica)Expand
Fifty Years of Collecting: The Sale of Ancient Maya Antiquities at Sotheby’s
  • C. Tremain
  • History
  • International Journal of Cultural Property
  • 2017
Abstract: Pre-Columbian antiquities, particularly those from the Maya region, are highly sought after on the international art market. Large auction houses such as Sotheby’s have dedicatedExpand
Abstract This study examines 2,000 years of marine trade to the ancient Maya site of Ceibal, Guatemala. Located almost 150 kilometers from the nearest coast in Belize, Ceibal was a large communityExpand


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Understanding early classic Copan
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Late Classic Finds at Baking Pot, British Honduras
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A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
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Into the Minds of Ancients: Advances in Maya Glyph Studies
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An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya
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How to Read Maya Hieroglyphs
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Elite Artists and Craft Producers in Classic Maya Society: Lithic Evidence from Aguateca, Guatemala
This report examines 10,845 lithic artifacts from the rapidly abandoned city of Aguateca, Guatemala, to elucidate elite artistic and craft production in Classic Maya society. The methods used includeExpand
An Archaeology of the Senses: Perception and Cultural Expression in Ancient Mesoamerica
The ancient Maya and other Mesoamerican peoples showed an intense interest in invoking the senses, especially hearing, sight, and smell. The senses were flagged by graphic devices of synaesthetic orExpand
The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs
This unique and extraordinary guide to seven major sites of Maya civilization highlights the pioneering work of two great scholars of ancient America. For readers at every level -- from the casualExpand